Events

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Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.

Once you register for an event through Paypal or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Paypal registrations, you may print your receipt or save it to your mobile device, but it is not necessary. You can simply give your name, or the name of the purchaser, when you arrive for the event. 

May
20

The Plagues of Early Memphis

A Suds & Stories Event

Typhus, typhoid fever...yellow fever, malaria...diphtheria, dropsy...gun shot?! "It's complicated"? Oh yes. We're talking about the causes of death for the settlers of Memphis during a 45 minute indoor, seated presentation on Sunday, May 20th at 2pm. Join Executive Director Kim Bearden for beer, light snacks, and a look at what it was that killed us in the good old days!

Advance registration and a fascination with the subject matter is required. Registration is $15 per person. This is an 18+ event. For more information, please call 901-774-3212. 

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Jun
1

The Memphis Music Tour

A Walking Tour

Memphis musician Willy Bearden leads a tour on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 pm - this tour will surely resonate with you! Join him for an after-hours Memphis Music Tour of Elmwood, where you'll be introduced to the music that echoes through the lives of the people who rest here. 

You'll visit a Confederate composer, a Big Band legend, blues singers, horn players, producers, and more on this 90 minute walking tour. 

Save your spot and register today by clicking the link or call 901-774-3212. Cost is $20 per person.

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Jun
2

Memphis Street Names & Elmwood

A Suds & Stories Event

Who doesn't like beer and history?

Have you ever wondered where the streets of Memphis got their names? Some are named for community leaders, some are named for important moments in time...and some very well-known streets have names whose origins have been debated for decades. Wouldn't you like to know more about the streets you live and drive on?

Elmwood welcomes back former staffer and volunteer Jody Schmidt as she demystifies the history of the streets of Memphis, connecting those stories to the people who rest at Elmwood. We will meet in the air-conditioned comfort of the Chapel at Elmwood.

Snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served during this talk. You're welcome to stroll the cemetery afterwards. 

Early reservations are highly recommended. This event begins at 1 pm. The cost is $15. Want more info? Call us at 901-774-3212. 

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Jun
2

The Blue & The Gray

A Civil War History Tour of Elmwood

Confederate Rest. Generals Gideon Pillow, A.J. Vaughan, John Fizer, Elkanah Greer, Smith Pyne Bankhead. Herman Frank Arnold, composer of "Dixie." Ginny Moon, Confederate spy. Union General William Smith. 

These are just a few of the sites of interest at Elmwood for the student of the Civil War. 

Join long-time Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison for this special two hour walking tour of the Elmwood grounds. This tour experience will enhance the your knowledge of the lives of the men and women whose lives were touched by the Civil War. 

This all-walking tour begins at 9:00 AM. $20 per person. 

 

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Jun
10

Book Event With Lisa Wingate - 2 PM event

Author of "Before We Were Yours"

This listing is for the 2pm book event!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

Meet author Lisa Wingate for a reading from her New York Times Bestselling work Before We Were Yours on Sunday, June 10th at 2:00 pm in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. This book event is free to the public with donations being accepted to support Elmwood Cemetery's book preservation fund. About the book:

"Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong."  

Wingate will take questions and sign copies of her book after the reading. 

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

About the author: 

http://lisawingate.com/blog3/about-lisa/

Jun
10

Book event with Lisa Wingate - 5 PM event

Author of "Before We Were Yours"

This is for the 5 pm book event!

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

Meet author Lisa Wingate for a reading from her New York Times Bestselling work Before We Were Yourson Sunday, June 10th at 5:00 pm in the Lord's Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. This book event is free to the public with donations being accepted to support Elmwood Cemetery's book preservation fund. About the book:

"Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong."  

Wingate will take questions and sign copies of her book after the reading. 

THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY BOOKED.

About the author: 

http://lisawingate.com/blog3/about-lisa/

Jun
16

Jimmy Ogle's Elmwood

A Very Personalized Walking Tour (10:30 AM version)

This tour is the 10:30 AM tour! 

Historian Jimmy Ogle has delivered many hundreds of presentations on the history of the city of Memphis. His work has focused on the Gayoso Bayou, the Commercial Appeal, the wreck of the Sultana, and the story of the Civil War. This tour will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at Elmwood Cemetery. 

Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker; advance registration is highly recommended. This tour will begin at 10:30 am. Cost is $20. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

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Jun
16

Jimmy Ogle's Elmwood

A Very Personalized Walking Tour (1:00 PM version)

This tour is the 1:00 PM tour! 

Historian Jimmy Ogle has delivered many hundreds of presentations on the history of the city of Memphis. His work has focused on the Gayoso Bayou, the Commercial Appeal, the wreck of the Sultana, and the story of the Civil War. This tour will illuminate Jimmy's favorite sites at Elmwood Cemetery. 

Note, this tour will focus on parts of the cemetery that Jimmy has not toured visitors through before. This route will head west from the cemetery Cottage. If you've taken Jimmy's tour before and love his storytelling but want something new, then this is your tour! 

Jimmy is a beloved storyteller and public speaker; advance registration is highly recommended. This tour will begin at 10:30 am. Cost is $20. For more information, call 901-774-3212. 

Register today »